Monday, November 12, 2007

Turkey asks Romania to block PKK's activities in Bucharest

ANKARA – Turkish Daily News

Turkey asked Romania to take measures to stop the activities of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) in the European Union member state Friday.

A PKK affiliated organization named KOBAL is active in Bucharest. Taking preventive measures against this would make us happy, Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan told his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Olteanu during a meeting in Ankara.

The PKK has links in many European countries and commits illegal drug and human trafficking in order to financially support its terrorist activities.

Toptan underlined that Turkey and Romania are NATO allies and that there are no political problems between the two countries. The Parliament speaker asked for Romania's support in Turkey's EU accession bid. Olteanu, reminding that his country joined the 27-member club in 2007 after tough negotiations said: Granting EU membership is not an easy job. You may be sure that you have a friend in the EU. Please do evaluate this in this direction and use us.

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